Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: On the nose is strawberry, lavender and a hint of anise. The palate adds red currant, orange peel, and an umami bite of shiitake mushroom, with just a touch of cracked pepper. The tannins are soft, focusing on the fruit, making the wine approachable now.
Notes: The 2017 Nicolas Rossignol Bourgogne is so much more than the sum of its parts. It is beautiful, 100% Pinot Noir in its purest form.
Food Pairing: While clearly Burgundian, this would be an excellent wine for lovers of New World Pinot Noir who wanted to dip their toes into the Burgundy pool. This would pair beautifully with grilled salmon or roast chicken.
The Domain: Nicolas Rossignol is single-handedly changing the way the world thinks about the Côte de Beaune.
Nicolas is a 5th generation Burgundian winemaker. Having the most diverse portfolio of vineyard holdings in all of Burgundy gives him a multitude of options when it comes to blending. Make no mistake, he is a master blender.
Nicolas Rossignol is one of the best examples of a new generation of Burgundy winemakers whose great wines lie in the future rather than the past, entering the fray in 1994. Born in 1974, he represents the 5th generation of vine growers on the soils of Volnay. After completing his technical formation at enology school in Beaune, Nicolas put his knowledge into practice, staging at Domaine Joseph Voillot in Volnay, Domaine Louis Latour in Ardeche and Domaine Vieux Telegraphe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Anxious to learn other farming and winemaking techniques, he went to work in South Africa at Domaine Boschendal Stellenbosch in 1995, followed by Château Cardonne, owned by Château Lafite-Rothchild in Bordeaux.
Upon his return home to his family’s Domaine (Rossignol-Jeanniard) Nicolas began vinifying in 1994. However, it was not long before he started his own Estate. In 1997, he acquired approximately 7.5 acres spread over the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand- Vergelesses. In 1998, he increased his vineyard holdings by about 3.5 acres. The Domaine is located in Volnay, between Meursault and Pommard. Today, Nicolas makes wine from his own 17-acre estate, as well as from his fathers’ vineyards. Nicolas is now buying all the fruit from his family’s Domaine, thus everything is bottled under the name Nicolas Rossignol (either with or without the word Domaine.) Since all the vineyards are under his sole control throughout the year, it really does not make any difference which is which.